How To: Sew a Custom Mousepad.

Chris Gardner

Craft a Week, a new blog from the Craft a Week Livejournal group, offers a how-to for creating a custom mousepad from scratch with easy-to-find supplies. Their example is obviously a bit traditional and floral, but the technique could work on anything from a basic solid color to bold, vintage swatches.

Materials:

fabric of your choice
drawer liner
stiff quilting interfacing
scissors
sewing machine

Via.

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DIY Fish-in-a-bag Soap

Diy Maven

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Candle Tech turns the quintessential first pet into soap. And delightfully so. As the soap is used, the fishy is revealed for even more bath time fun. To make some of your own, you'll need to assemble the following:

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Papercraft Owls to Download.

Chris Gardner

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I have no idea what the going rate for actual tiny, adorable owls are, but at MidoStudio, the going rate is four for a mere £1.00. "At just £1.00 this downloadable/print-at-home-able kit means that before long you will be cutting and pasting your way to avian bliss. Simply make your purchase with paypal and you will be automatically sent the .pdf file with all 4 owl templates and instructions. The kit will be sent to your email...

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Roll-Out Vegetable Mat Makes Gardening a Snap.

Chris Gardner

No kidding...it even includes a set of garden markers.

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"Chris Chapman’s Roll-Out Veg Mat could be just the solution you’re searching for. The corrugated cardboard mat is sowed with four types of vegetable seeds and organic fertilizer all ready to be rolled out - all you need to do is add water and soil... Complete with fun graphics and instructions, Chapman’s design makes gardening much more approachable to budding green thumbs." A different mat...

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How To: Make a Mini-Snake for Your Bathroom Drain.

Chris Gardner

Tiny plumbing problems in the kitchen or bathroom sink may require the work of a professional, OR, you may be able to get them figured out with one of these: a handmade mini-snake for minor plumbing drama. This simple combo of some thin stainless steel wire and a pair of needlenose pliers might just de-gunk your drains, and then stores easily for future use. "Simply bend several individual wires (not strands) out in different directions from the...

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Mad Men Mania

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created at: 2009-08-13

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Join the hoopla and get on the Mad Men bandwagon. The set designer should consult twith Pam over at RetroRenovations since she is THE aficionado on everything genuinely MCM. She sent an email out which includes an entire list and links of ways you can get in the mood for Sunday's Mad Men premier, including how to recreate Betty Draper's knotty pine kitchen. (Didn't I just spray paint all of the knotty pine in my basement...

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